Sara is an Illinois native with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and German Language from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. After graduation, she moved to Alberta, Canada where she worked as a business manager for a busy chiropractic office. Growing up with a family that included many chiropractors, she personally experienced the benefit of care from a young age. However, it wasn't until she witnessed many miraculous patient recoveries while working at the chiropractic office that she was inspired to pursue her own career as a Doctor of Chiropractic. After graduation, she will be returning to Alberta but plans to one day travel abroad and open a clinic in an area under-served by chiropractic care. Outside of school, Sara enjoys reading, baking, skiing and traveling.
Jeremiah grew up in Southern California until his family moved to Olathe, Kan. where he attended high school. He joined the U.S. Marines after high school during which time he served three tours overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. He earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Utah. (Go Utes!) He is lucky to be married to his beautiful wife Marcie with whom he loves raising his (so far) 3 awesome kids; Lucy 3, Hyrum 2, and Juliet 6 mos. He was blessed to grow up witnessing firsthand the power of chiropractic and the effect it can have in people's lives. He can't wait to bless others lives through the practice of chiropractic's' powerful principles. He chose Palmer Davenport because, "this is where it all started, and the waters are always clearest closest to the headwaters." When not in class he enjoys playing with the Palmer Dragons hockey team, videogames, but mostly spending quality time with his family.
Kailey grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. After high school, Kailey moved to Bemidji, Minnesota to play Division I women's hockey and attend school. While in Bemidji, it was difficult for Kailey to play both collegiate hockey and golf while pursuing a major in exercise science, but ended up finding her passion for health and fitness and took a role as the assistant strength and conditioning coach her senior year. Being an athlete and working in the health and fitness field facing injuries and rehabilitation constantly, made her passionate about improving the health and quality of life for others. Having a mom as a physiotherapist, Kailey didn't have a lot of familiarity with chiropractic growing up, but recent experiences with it were positive and she felt it matched her goals. Kailey spends her free time with her dog Sota, a 2 year old Siberian husky, going on runs or bike rides, golfing or taking in local sporting events.
"I love how chiropractic promotes preventative care and living and overall healthy, active lifestyle and giving the body a chance to heal itself," says Kailey.
Brooke grew up in Suttons Bay, Mich., with her parents, two older siblings and twin sister. After high school she attended Michigan State University with her twin sister (Go Green!) and completed a degree in Kinesiology. During her undergraduate years, Brooke explored many different options for careers in health care. After shadowing in several different offices and plenty of research she found her love for chiropractic. The holistic, non-invasive model of health is what brought her to chiropractic while the enthusiasm, expertise, and long history associated with the school is what helped her choose Palmer-Davenport. Outside of school, Brooke loves reading, playing video games, and being on the water; kayaking has become a particular love of hers. She also enjoys fencing, a hobby she picked up during her time at MSU, snow shoeing and cross country skiing. After finishing her Doctor of Chiropractic degree Brooke would like to either practice abroad or return to her home in Northern Michigan.
Holly was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa. When it came to secondary education she bounced around from music and theater to nursing and finally found a love for the medical field as a Certified Medical Assistant. She found a job with a chiropractic office and discovered her true passion was the holistic, non-invasive care chiropractic could provide. She moved herself, her husband and her 2-year-old daughter to Davenport to pursue her education at Palmer.
Chris was born and raised by his incredible parents in Anchorage, Alaska. He's one of four boys (who had a superwoman of a mom!). He grew up playing hockey, which eventually opened the door for him to play college hockey for Iowa State University. It was there that he received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology along with a minor in Business. Chris always thought he was going to be a traditional civil engineer until his junior year of high school when he realized he actually wanted to be an engineer of the spine! Stepping back and looking at the human body as a whole, he realized that we were not put on this earth just to break down – we were created to express health. Seeing the love and energy in his chiropractor’s office and how his patients’ lives were being transformed through the principle of chiropractic made the choice very easy to attend chiropractic school and at no place other than where it all began, in Davenport, Iowa. In his free time, Chris enjoys golfing, fishing, watching/playing hockey, hanging out with friends and family, and reading up on chiropractic philosophy.
Brad was born and raised in the small town of Marine City, Michigan. During his studies in high school, he became fascinated with the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Never having been exposed to chiropractic, he attended Hillsdale College as a pre-medical student where he went on to receive a B.S. in Psychology with minors in Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish. After being convinced by a family friend to job shadow a chiropractor, Brad was introduced to the ideal healthcare career he had been looking for and never knew existed. From there on, he continues to talk, think, and live chiropractic day in and day out. He takes a keen interest in chiropractic philosophy and its relationship with the allopathic model of healthcare, his former career path. Brad enjoys playing basketball and tennis, and loves passing the time with any activity as long as he is with good friends. After graduation, he plans to return to Michigan to practice and help spread the chiropractic message to others.
Katie was born in California and raised in Chaska, Minn. by two loving parents and an older brother. She attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training. Katie was drawn to the passion that students and staff of Palmer expressed towards chiropractic. She decided to fulfill her dream of becoming a health care provider who helps people reach their fullest God given potential with chiropractic care.
Hilary grew up in the small town of Manitowaning, Ontario, Canada with my parents, sister, brother and dogs. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2013, where she received her bachelor's degree in Science in Health & Disease, with minors in Physiology and Psychology. Although growing up in a health centric family, she will be the first Doctor of Chiropractic in her immediate and extended family. Her grandparents have been very influential in her decision to pursue this career, as they are very active and healthy in their later years thanks to the benefits of chiropractic. Once Hilary completes her degree, she wants to pursue a diplomat in Rehabilitation, preferably through the Palmer Rehabilitation Residency. Hilary is active in various clubs and enjoys cycling along the river, wishing she could take her cat for walks and she enjoys a good game of football or hockey.
It would be a privilege to be able to help people, young and old, live life to its fullest, and through chiropractic I can achieve this. Everyday spent here, I learn something that makes me fall further in love with this profession, and I cannot wait to share that love with the rest of the world, wherever I should go.
Colleen grew up in Naperville, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. She attended Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated with a degree in History and Religion. After graduation she worked at Disney World and then moved back home to Naperville and spent several years working for the Naperville Public Library. She'd always felt drawn to the health care field but could never decide on a particular field of study. Having had a personal success story with chiropractic she began to do further research and immediately felt she had found a home with chiropractic and applied to attend Palmer. Colleen enjoys reading, crocheting, and sewing. She also is an avid board game collector and player, and is the President of the Palmer Board Game Club.
Jordan grew up in a small town just outside of Buffalo, New York with his parents and four younger sisters. He studied at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Cognition, Logic, and Language. With his father being a practicing chiropractor since 1983 and a former graduate of Palmer, he has been strongly influenced by the chiropractic lifestyle and the benefits that it brings. “I have always known that chiropractic was special, but it wasn't until I came to Palmer that I fully understood the gift that my father had been giving me for my entire life! When I came here I knew it was the place I needed to be.”
Kristin grew up in Monticello, Iowa, with her parents and older brother. After high school she attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa before attending Palmer. Starting in high school and continuing through her early college years, Kristin worked as a part time assistant for her hometown chiropractor where she fell in love with chiropractic. Palmer was the right choice from the beginning, and it helped that her uncle graduated from here as well. Outside of school, Kristin enjoys running, swimming, reading and almost anything she can do outside in nice weather. After finishing her Doctor of Chiropractic degree Kristin plans to open her own office in a state that is a little warmer than Iowa year round.
Brett grew up in the small-but-scenic town of Madrid, Iowa. He grew up with chiropractic care being part of his life even from a young age due to being accident-prone. It was in high school that he discovered his passion for chiropractic and decided to pursue it at his undergraduate institution. He attended the University of Northern Iowa, where he was part of the pre-chiropractic biology program. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, he decided to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic. He attended for many reasons, including its prestige, history, thoroughness of the technique courses, and the homey atmosphere of the campus.
Heather grew up in Atoka, Tenn. After high school, Heather attended the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minn., where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. While studying at St. Thomas, she was drawn to the field of chiropractic and was immediately impressed by the enthusiasm, passion and pride that chiropractors demonstrated about their profession. To Heather, a career in chiropractic provides a meaningful opportunity to positively impact the lives of countless people, she looks forward to having the ability to help provide strength, healing and well-being to her future patients! In her spare time, Heather enjoys being outside in the sunshine, playing sports and spending time with her family and friends. She is extremely excited to be at Palmer and is eager to share her Palmer experience with others!
Claire Morrison was born south of Chicago to two wonderful parents, Alice and Dale, along with her younger sister, Heidi. In 2002, her family moved to the waterpark capital of the world, Wisconsin Dells, Wisc. During the summers, Claire began working in the tourism business. One of the greatest jobs she had was being a river tour guide for the Dells Boat tours. Nothing beat being on a boat all day surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs and informing travelers of the interesting history which established the dells. Claire attended the University of Wisconsin River Falls and majored in Animal Science with an emphasis in equine. Unsure about a career after college, she took a year off of school and toured Palmer's Davenport campus during a Prospective Student weekend and felt right at home; and just like that, she started Palmer that spring.
Nicole grew up in the South Hills outside of Pittsburgh, Penn. She attended Penn State Behrend, The Erie College and earned a Bachelor's of Science in Biology. While pursuing her undergraduate education, she was indecisive about her career options, but knew she wanted to work with animals in some way. She chose chiropractic as an alternative source of wellness to animals. She decided Palmer because of its roots in the philosophy, science and art of chiropractic. In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and playing with her horse and dogs.
Loni was raised on a dairy farm near Westby, Wisconsin. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire with a degree in Organizational Communication, she decided to pack up her car and see where the road might take her. She found herself in Austin, Texas, where she lived for three years managing a retail store, eating the world's best tacos and staying up too late listening to live music around the city. After striking up impromptu conversation about holistic health care with a mutually passionate stranger at a 10K Fun Run event, the fellow runner invited Loni to come job shadow at his chiropractic office. Completely inspired by the doctor, a Palmer graduate, a few weeks later Loni quit her job and came to work at the front desk of that office and never looked back. The invigoration she experienced from inspiring patients to take back control of their own health led her to apply to Palmer College of Chiropractic. Loni is excited to have found her passion and calling, and she looks forward to taking part in spreading knowledge of the benefits of a proactive, healthy lifestyle!
Gabe Padilla was born and raised in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico. Growing up he was always interested in the health sciences. It was after high school that his interests in the field of health shifted towards chiropractic. While obtaining his undergraduate degree at the University of Puerto Rico (¡Agua pa'los Gallitos!), he learned of the philosophy, science, and art of chiropractic. After learning the history of this marvelous system, he decided to come to The Fountainhead to begin his education and become the best doctor he can be.
Rachana is a native of Vadodara, Gujarat, India. Prior to pursuing her chiropractic studies at the Davenport, Iowa, campus, Rachana earned her Bachelor of Science at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Rachana’ s dedication and passion for the field enabled her to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant in Ohio and Texas at skilled nursing facilities. Rachana’s positive approach has enabled her to stay abreast with the latest techniques, courses and technologies offered in the physical therapy field and empowered her to provide the best care for her patients. She continues to be inspired and motivated by the variety of techniques used by chiropractors. She believes that hard work and perseverance will not only take her through graduation, but also allow her to continue working as a health-care professional and provide for optimal care towards her patients. In addition to school work, Rachana is also a member of the International Student Ambassadors and she enjoys cooking, running and staying active.
Katelyn grew up in the small town of Marengo, Ill. She attended Arizona State University as well as Northern Illinois University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science with a focus on Health and Human Sciences. She was originally interested in being a physical therapist, since sports have always been a big part of her life; however, after working in a physical therapy office, she realized that it was no longer her calling. She became interested and fell in love with the world of chiropractic. She is in her third trimester and cannot wait to graduate and begin her professional career as a chiropractor. She values the emphasis placed on overall health and well-being, rather than just treating the presenting symptoms with a drug to cover it up. She states, “I want to educate my future patients on the healing power of the body and be able to provide life-long care to allow the potential for optimal health at any stage in life.” Outside of school, she enjoys running, spending time with her dog, friends and family, baking, and trying new restaurants in the Quad Cities.
Megan was born in the small farming town of Pittsville, Wisc. Growing up in the country, she had a huge passion for horses and anything outdoors. Her love for nature has continued throughout her life with her two favorite hobbies: hiking and snowboarding. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Megan worked as a certified nursing assistant to gain direct patient-care experience while deciding which career path was right for her. Her healthy and active lifestyle ultimately lead Megan to chiropractic, a career in which she can share her passions and educate patients on how to be the best version of themselves. Megan has worked very hard her entire life to get where she is today and to be the best version of herself that she can be. For this reason, Megan knew her chiropractic education had to be from the best chiropractic school. Palmer represents the first, the best and the key to her future.
Logan grew up in Las Vegas, Nev. and is the oldest of five children. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Spanish and Addictions Treatment from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Initially pursuing a career in addictions research he recently found chiropractic and chose Palmer to help him achieve his new career path. He enjoys the practical application of neuroscience that chiropractic offers.
Jena grew up in Sobieski, Wis. (about 14 miles north of Green Bay-go, pack, go!). After growing up in a small town, Jena knew she wanted to be a part of a big city so she decided to do her undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University (O-H-I-O!). There she earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. While in pursuit of going to medical school, she realized her true passion was in chiropractic care, which had recently made a huge impact in her own personal health. Jena enjoys running, all things Packers or Buckeyes, cooking and completing puzzles.
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Alfie is a native of New England, with a Bachelors in Studio Art and 12 years of construction experience. He had been considering a career in chiropractic for about ten years before making the decision and moving to Davenport, Iowa. To him there was no other choice, Palmer is chiropractic. All of his chiropractors had gone to Palmer and had strongly urged him to attend as well. He was joined in Iowa by his fiancé in January of 2014, and they were married in Maine over the June break. He loves his time at Palmer and really enjoys the academic learning and the extracurricular activities he has been involved in.
Serena was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nev. After high school, she moved to St. George, Utah, to attend Dixie State University. After three years in St. George, she moved back to Las Vegas to attend school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she earned a degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Allied Health. With this degree, she desired to pursue a career in physical therapy and joined the Lambda Kappa Delta Pre-Physical Therapy Honor Society. During her time in this organization, she decided that physical therapy may not have been the right path to take. After graduation, she worked in a physical therapy clinic for a year where she realized that physical therapy was not for her and that chiropractic was the right way to go. Serena will be the first Doctor of Chiropractic in her family and hopes to be able to help others like her family chiropractor has helped her family. When she’s not studying Serena loves to go hiking, play her flute, go to the gym and watch movies.
Matthew Waro grew up in Walworth, Wisc. After high school, he attended the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in cellular and molecular biology and a minor in Chemistry. While studying in Stevens Point, Matthew developed a passion for different ethnic groups and indigenous populations. Along with his main coursework, he studied vocal music and medical anthropology. He aspires to help less privileged populations and intends to work in Mali, Africa after graduating from Palmer. Matthew chose chiropractic because it gives him the means to treat patients in a holistic, non-invasive fashion with few tools and supplies. One of Matthew's favorite B.J. Palmer Epigrams is: "We appreciate the power of being useful to mankind.", as it fuel's his ambitions of helping human beings all over the world.
Sara is a Walnut Creek, Calif., native, who graduated from Auburn Univ. (B.S., kinesiology) with academic honors in 2011.When Sara began receiving chiropractic care at the age of 12, she developed an appreciation for chiropractic's unique hands-on approach to health care, and the ability to help patients achieve immediate relief from pain.Sara's part-time position motivated her to accept a full-time position in another chiropractic office, when she graduated from Auburn. Once Sara decided to pursue the chiropractic career path, she says the primary reasons for enrolling at Palmer's San Jose campus include: close proximity to her family in the Bay Area; the Sports Council; and the evidence-based curriculum.
In addition to Campus Guides, Sara is active with a variety of other student clubs and campus organizations, including: Sports Council (for which she serves as an executive officer); the Gonstead, Motion Palpation, and Soft Tissue Clubs; and the San Jose campus chapter of the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA).
Peggy is a Whittier, Calif., native who graduated from the Univ. of California at Los Angeles in 2002 (B.S., applied mathematics), and enjoyed a distinguished career in the hi-tech industry (working for Hitachi Consulting, Northrop Grumman, and Yahoo) before redirecting her career path into chiropractic, and initiating her studies at Palmer's San Jose Campus in 2013. In addition to her involvement with the Campus Guides, Peggy serves Palmer College and the San Jose Campus in a variety of other roles, including vice president of the Associated Student Government; president of the Soft Tissue Club; and, vice president for the San Jose Campus chapter of the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA). Peggy also is a member of the Sports Council, as well as a student member of the American Public Health Assn.
"I knew I wanted to be a healthcare provider because it was important for me to be able to help people in any way that I could. Chiropractic fell into my lap because it really resonated with me that a chiropractor can provide exceptional care to individuals in a non-invasive approach."Contact Peggy
Trevor is a Mississauga, Ont., Canada, native, who earned his B.S. (kinesiology) from Brock University prior to initiating his chiropractic studies at Palmer's West Campus in January 2013. Shortly after he was hired as a kinesiologist for a large company in Canada, Trevor recognized that he did not want to work for a firm that emphasized the wellness of the business over the wellness of the clients .He began to explore health-related careers that would enable Trevor to utilize his kinesiology degree, but also allow him to work with his hands, and continue a lifestyle centered around a more "holistic" approach to health and healing - which ultimately led him to chiropractic. Trevor is a member of the West Campus Sports Council, and has attended meetings of the Gonstead and Soft Tissue clubs. He also is a member of the Palmer Pride ice hockey team. "My career goal is to run a multi-purpose, multidisciplinary wellness facility that incorporates many aspects of health care, and includes a diverse group of providers, which would include myself, as the DC, as well as an RMT, a dietician, acupuncturist or naturopath, a couple of PT's, and possibly a personal trainer. The team would share a common goal of taking a natural approach to empowering our patients' ability to achieve an optimal level of health and wellness."
Jennifer, a native from San Diego, Calif., attended San Diego State University and earned her B.A. degree in biology. Prior to initiating her chiropractic studies at Palmer's West Campus, Jennifer worked as a physical therapy aid at a San Diego-based multidisciplinary clinic, whose health care team included a West alumna. Jennifer was impressed with the ability to treat the 'whole person,' versus just individual 'parts.' Upon completion of the program, Jennifer, plans to return to San Diego and work with her chiropractic mentor, with the goal of ultimately establishing her own practice. In addition to her role as a West Campus Guide, Jennifer is active with many other student clubs and organizations, including the Sports Council, SPEAK (Student Patient Education and Knowledge), and Functional Fitness exercise workout group, as well as "hands-on" clubs, including Applied Kinesiology (A.K.), Gonstead, and Soft Tissue.
Jared is a native of Carstairs, Alberta, Can., where he grew up on a farm, and knows from firsthand experience the physical toll this type of work can take on the body, due to the daily rigors of riding tractors and herding cattle. While exploring various health career options, Jared visited one of the chiropractors in his hometown, and learned that the doctor was a former professional bull rider - which sparked an instant connection that inspired Jared to continue on the chiropractic career path. Jared graduated from Mount Royal University (B.Sc., health sciences) in Calgary, and earned a Canadian Millennium Scholarship prior to initiating his chiropractic studies at Palmer's West Campus. Once Jared decided to pursue a chiropractic career, Jared said he chose to attend Palmer's West Campus "because the Palmer name and history is second to none; the Sports Council program; and its reputation as one of the leading schools for research, and strong evidence-based curriculum."In addition to his involvement with the West Campus Guides, Jared also is president of the Palmer Pride ice hockey team. Upon receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic degree, Jared looks forward to returning to Canada, and establishing his practice in Alberta, near his family's farm.
Anna Marie Gierach
Anna Marie is a native of Edmonton, Alberta, Can., where she earned her B.Sc. (biological sciences) and graduated with "Distinction" honors from the Univ. of Alberta prior to initiating his chiropractic studies at Palmer's West Campus. Working as a chiropractic assistant in her stepfather's clinic allowed Anna Marie to see the results patients achieved through chiropractic care, and ignited a desire to become a chiropractor herself. "Performing initial 'new patient' intakes and re-evaluations allowed me to see the positive benefits of chiropractic on a variety of patients," said Anne Marie, who ranks snowboarding among her favorite recreational pastimes. "Plus, I always felt like chiropractic combined my desire to help people on their path to health and wellness in a natural way," Once Anna Marie decided to pursue a career in chiropractic, she chose to attend Palmer's West Campus. "The West Campus is part of Palmer College, which provides an educational experience with a great balance of science, philosophy, and the art of chiropractic. Plus, after attending a large university in Canada, the 'family' feeling of a smaller campus also was a major factor. I also look forward to being close to exploring California!" Anna Marie says plans to explore various practice options as she progresses through the West Campus program, and plans to sit both the Canadian and U.S. National Board exams before settling down.
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As a member of Canada's Olympic and national triathlon teams, Lauren Groves often dreamed of what it would be like to step onto the medal podium. As she continues her chiropractic studies at Palmer's San Jose campus, Lauren's dreams now focus on the achievement of another goal: stepping onto the graduation stage. Like many other competitive athletes who've made similar transitions, Lauren's decision to pursue the chiropractic career path was inspired by the chiropractic care she enabled her to compete as a world-class athlete, and overcome numerous overuse injuries and bike crashes. "Initially, chiropractic opened my eyes to the natural-healing power of the body," said Lauren, who earned her B.A. (psychology) from Queen's University in Kinston, Ont., Canada. "However, it wasn't long before I realized chiropractic's power as a preventative approach to injuries, and overall health." Lauren credits much of her success as an athlete to the team of chiropractors with whom she's had the privilege to work. "The transition from professional sport to chiropractic was an easy one for me," said Lauren, who enjoys cooking, gardening, running, crafting - and cheering on her hometown hockey team, the Vancouver Canucks. "My experiences with chiropractic left me with a fascination with the human body, so I combined my passion for healthy, active living, and made the decision to embark upon this journey to Palmer's San Jose campus," added Lauren, who in addition to the Campus Guides, is a member of the Sports Council, the SPEAK Club, and the Applied Kinesiology technique club.
Lauren's decision to attend Palmer's California branch campus was inspired by: smaller class sizes; the broad curriculum, along with the clubs and electives; and the opportunity to live in the Bay Area, where she plays to "enjoy all the hiking northern California has to offer!"
As a member of the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) track team, Daniel Hopper suffered a hamstring injury as a member of the Blue Devils' quarter-mile-relay team. When it became apparent that the injury wasn't healing properly, a friend of Daniel's recommended that he see a chiropractor. And, when he did, that office visit not only put Daniel back on the track - it also sent the quarter-mile runner sprinting onto the chiropractic career path.
Daniel graduated from CCSU with his B.S. degree (Exercise Science & Health Promotion) in 2013, and initiated his chiropractic studies at Palmer's San Jose campus the following year. "I knew I wanted to be in the health care field, but I wasn't sure what direction," said Daniel, a native of New Fairfield, Conn., who was captain of the Blue Devils' track and field team. "When I scheduled my appointment (for the hamstring injury), I didn't really know much about chiropractic. It was a positive experience -- both for helping me recover from my injury, and for opening my eyes to field of chiropractic, and recognizing the type of doctor I wanted to become."
In addition to the Campus Guides, Daniel also is a member of the Sports Council and the Gonstead Club; played in the "Bay Area Classic" basketball game again Life West; and also plays on Palmer's San Jose campus softball team.
When Daniel isn't playing sports or exercising, he enjoys venturing to different destinations along the west coast, or watching movies.
After several years of serving as the athletic trainer for various professional hockey teams, Osama Kassab is ready to score a new goal as a Palmer College doctor of chiropractic. A native of Littleton, Colo., Osama earned his B.A. (human performance and wellness) from Colorado Mesa University and M.S. (health sciences) from Colorado State University. A certified athletic trainer, Osama has worked the past eight years as the trainer for various professional hockey teams, including the Allen Americans of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), and the San Francisco Bulls, a minor-league affiliate of the San Jose Sharks. Additionally, Osama has served as president of TrainerX Sports Performance in San Jose, which specializes in developing customized therapy, nutrition and conditioning programs tailored to suit the athlete's personal performance or therapy needs.
Osama has always had an interest in the "sports medicine" field, but the more time he spent with sports-medicine teams that included a chiropractor, the more interested he became in this field of health care, and the more motivated he came to pursue the chiropractic career path.
"Many of the chiropractors that I've met during my years as an athletic trainer are Palmer graduates, and that factored prominently in my decision to attend Palmer's San Jose campus," said Osama.
"I look forward to learning a new set of clinical skills, so I am able to expand my scope of care, and reach a broader and more diverse group of patients."
A member of the Sports Council at Palmer's San Jose campus, as well as the Soft Tissue, Extremities and Motion Palpation clubs, Osama enjoys golf, snowboarding, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Michael suffered a severe injury while playing high-school football in his hometown of Stockbridge, Wisc. After seeing several medical professionals, Michael was told it would be at least a month before he could return to the field. Then Michael sought the care of a local chiropractor - and returned to action within the week. As Michael completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (from which he graduated with a major in biology, and a minor in chemistry), he began to narrow the focus of his career path - and found himself heading toward the chiropractic profession.
"After more research, and continued treatment, I came to the conclusion that manual therapy is one amazing tool," said Michael, an avid fitness enthusiast, who is very involved with athletics, and weight-training. Once Michael decided to pursue the chiropractic career-path, he began to the process of deciding which chiropractic college to attend. In the course of the process, one campus stood out.
"Palmer's San Jose campus, on the contrary, gave me a clear impression of their intentions: to provide me with the information and ability necessary to become a successful doctor - while letting me find my own 'niche' within the profession."
Michael says the Sports Council program is another major reason he chose to attend Palmer's San Jose campus. In addition to the Campus Guides, he participates in a variety of other clubs, and has participated in inter-quarter basketball, football and volleyball tournaments
Jenn Nolan is an Arkville, New York native who earned dual degrees in Television-Radio Communications (Video Production) and Exercise Science from Ithaca College before beginning her chiropractic career. Jenn was drawn to the chiropractic profession because it combined her love of anatomy and physiology with her wellness-focused approach to health. Jenn credits the chiropractic care she's received for helping her achieve the optimal level of fitness required to stay active in multiple recreational pastimes. Palmer West was the natural choice. "I like the evidenced-based approach to learning; the Sports Council because, as an athlete, it's exciting have sports be part of my everyday work; and the friendly, professional, and well-informed Campus Guides, whose mentorship I continue to seek as I start my own chiropractic journey at Palmer." Jenn serves as treasurer of the West Campus chapter of the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA), and she's a member of the Sports Council, as well as the AK/SOT, Neurology, and Soft Tissue clubs.
Andrea grew up in Riverside, Calif., and earned her B.S. (biological studies) from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, prior to making the move to the northern part of the Golden State to pursue her chiropractic studies at Palmer's West Campus in San Jose. Given that health care was her passion, Andrew knew this would ultimately become her profession. And, the more she explored health career options, the more Andrea found herself following a career path into the chiropractic profession - and heading in the direction of Palmer's West Campus, which she selected for "the small class sizes, supportive family feel, and the outstanding students and faculty." In addition to the Campus Guides, Andrea also is active with a wide range of West Campus extracurricular endeavors, including the Gonstead and Soft Tissue clubs, the Palmer Student Alumni Foundation, the Sports Council, and for some recreational release, the Volleyball club. "Chiropractic is everything I have ever wanted in a career -- and more!" says Andrea, who also enjoys baking, traveling, running, yoga, and cycling. "A career in the chiropractic profession not only allows you to interact with people on a daily basis, and help them to achieve an optimal level of health, but you also have the opportunity to spread the word about this amazing healing technique that works naturally with the body."
Jessika is a Jackson, Ala., native, who earned her B.S. (medical sciences) from the Univ. of South Alabama in 2014. Jessika's interest in chiropractic was sparked while conducting orthopedic research that examined the effect of platelet rich plasma on improving the healing time of knee injuries - during which she noticed a correlation between the patients who received chiropractic care and the expediency of their healing time. Once she made the decision to enter the chiropractic profession, she decided to attend Palmer's San Jose campus because of the diversity of the curriculum, the sports emphasis, and the friendly campus.
"I look forward to providing care in an underserved area, where I can introduce people to the positive effects of chiropractic care," says Jessika, an avid exercise enthusiast, who also enjoys fishing, and watching college football - especially the Auburn Tigers!
Lindsay is a native of Calgary, Alberta, Can., who earned her B.S. (kinesiology) from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C., prior to initiating her chiropractic studies at Palmer's San Jose Campus in 2013. A competitive skier for most of her life, Lindsay has suffered her fair share of bumps and bruises, which fueled her interest in the field of sports medicine. The more time she spent observing her cousin, Dr. Trent Dean, D.C., a '95 San Jose Campus alumni who practices in Calgary, the more Lindsay felt inspired to follow a similar career path.
"Chiropractic is aligned with my beliefs of a natural, drug-free healthcare option, which also will enable me to work with athletes," said Lindsay.
"Once I made the choice to pursue chiropractic as a career, the key factors that led me to attend Palmer's San Jose Campus include the Sports Council program, the friendly feeling of the campus community, and the benefit of small-class sizes, while also enjoying the benefits of opportunities associated with a 'big school,' such as the many clubs and Clinic Abroad."
In addition to the Sports Council, Lindsay also is active in other activities at Palmer's San Jose Campus including the Gonstead Club, and the co-ed softball team (which she helped to organize).
With a degree in computer engineering from Santa Clara University, Gun Poespowidjojo was part of the first "tech boom" in the Silicon Valley in the early 2000's. When the "boom" began to fizzle, so did Gun's interest in computer engineering. So, he redirected his career path from "hi-tech" to "high touch," and became a certified personal trainer, where he could help people lose weight, gain strength, and improve sports performance and overall wellness. Like what many in the business world often encounter, in his new role as a personal trainer, Gun felt there was a "glass ceiling" impeding his ability to help his clients reach their full potential.
"In particular, I felt limited in the areas of injury rehab and posture alignment," said Gun, a native of nearby San Francisco. "I decided to pursue a career in chiropractic, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the human body."
Once Gun decided to take his post-tech career journey to another level, he says the appeal of Palmer's San Jose campus was more than just its close proximity to family in the Bay Area.
"I was drawn to the San Jose campus because of its strong foundation in science, and 'evidence-based' curriculum; Palmer's renowned reputation for academic excellence; and the Sports Council program," said Gun, who enjoys lifting weights, playing sports, and practicing martial arts.
In addition to the Campus Guides, Gun also is a member of many other student organizations at Palmer's San Jose campus, including the SPEAK Club (which provides students with opportunities to build public-speaking skills through participation in community-education/awareness events), as well as several of the technique clubs: Applied Kinesiology; Diversified; Extremities; Motion Palpation.
Tony is a Muscoda, Wisc., native, who earned his B.S. (biology pre-medicine emphasis in business) from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville prior to initiating his chiropractic studies at Palmer's West Campus in Oct. 2012. "I'm impressed with how the body can heal itself, with correct direction and time, so my ultimate goal became finding a career that would enable me to help my patients achieve optimal health with little to no drug intervention-and what better way to do this then being the mechanic for the human body!," says Tony. In addition to his role with the Campus Guides, Tony also is an executive officer on the Sports Council executive board, and is a member of several campus clubs, including Gonstead, Soft Tissue, Motion Palpation, and Neurology. Tony says he'll explore all career options as he advances through the West Campus program. However, he foresees returning to the Midwest, where he envisions establishing a sports-focused practice.
Kirtpaul is a Prince Rupert, B.C., Canada native, and a 2013 graduate of the Univ. of the Fraser Valley (B.Sc., kinesiology) in Abbotsford, B.C. As a youth, Kirtpaul suffered a severe injury playing hockey, which resulted in reoccurring back pain. After a few visits to a chiropractor, he was out of pain and injury free. As Kirtpaul began to consider career-path options, his interest in health care, combined with his experience as a patient, guided him toward the chiropractic profession.
"My chiropractor was the only doctor who was able to make me feel better, and eventually achieve a pain-free level of health," says Kirtpaul, a member of the hockey team at Palmer's San Jose campus, who has already surfed at many Bay Area beaches.
When Rebecca graduates from Palmer's West Campus in 2014, she will be the fourth chiropractor of her immediate family-and D.C. number 75 in the extended Schroeder family of chiropractors! Rebecca's father, Dr. Tom Schroeder, is a 1980 Palmer Davenport Campus graduate, and her sister, Dr. Allison Schroeder Mankey, is a 2011 West Campus graduate. Rebecca's chiropractic cousins include current West Campus student Torrey Schroder and Dr. Terry Schroeder, '86 alumnus and coach of the U.S. men's water polo team. "I grew up in a chiropractic family, and watching the healing take place around me was incredible! It didn't take long for me to see the magnitude of chiropractic, and I was quickly inspired to become a chiropractor myself," said Rebecca, who will join her father's practice in Fresno. Selecting the college to attend was as easy of a decision for Rebecca as was her career choice. "I chose Palmer's West Campus because of the admiration and respect I have for all the successful doctors I know who've graduated from Palmer," said Rebecca, who is president of the Maximized Living Club, and a member of the Sports Council as well as the Sun and Snow, Pediatrics, and SOT/AK clubs. Rebecca's recreational interests include soccer, snow sports and wakesurfing.
Alex Silver was heading toward a career in firefighting when he realized that he was sell-suited to provide a different type of life-impacting service. A chiropractic patient from a young age, Alex now looks forward to helping his future patients reap the same health benefits he has enjoyed from life-long care.
"While training to become a firefighter, I discovered that helping people was my true passion," said Alex, a Malibu, Calif., native, who graduated from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (B.S., environmental studies). "Having personally benefited from chiropractic care since I was young, I became very interested in the chiropractic profession, and decided to pursue a new and exciting career path."
Once Alex made the decision to pursue a career in chiropractic, he chose Palmer's San Jose campus, because, "I wanted to stay in California; Palmer teaches the perfect balance of philosophy and evidenced-based chiropractic; and student experience at the San Jose campus provides many learning opportunities beyond the core curriculum, from guest speakers, to extracurricular clubs, and other unique programs, such as the Sports Council."
In addition to the Campus Guides and the Sports Council, Alex is a member of the Motion Palpation, Diversified, and Applied Kinesiology Clubs, as well as the San Jose campus student chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (SACA), and the Rock Climbing Club.
Alex enjoys surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and mountain-biking - and, between classes, he enjoys playing table-tennis in the San Jose campus student lounge!
Anne Marie Vicencio
Many chiropractic students are inspired to pursue chiropractic careers following a positive experience as a patient, and regard the doctor who cared for them as their "chiropractic mentor." Anne Marie Vicencio also has a chiropractic "mentor." However, her inspirational mentorship is not the result of personal care, but from her internship in the athletic training department at St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. - where Tony Kearns, D.C., a 2007 graduate of Palmer's San Jose campus, is the director of sports medicine. "Observing Dr. Kearns, I was able to see how chiropractic treatment benefited the athletes who came in," said Anne Marie, who graduated from St. Mary's with a B.A. in "Kinesiology: Health and Human Performance." "To see the immediate results of the care was something I'd never seen before - which sparked my interest in the chiropractic profession," added the Hayward, Calif., native.
Anne Marie acknowledges the fact that her chiropractic mentor is an alumnus, along with the close proximity to her family in the East Bay, and the great weather, made Palmer's San Jose campus quite appealing as the school to attend. However, other features factored in her decision-making process. "I like Palmer's evidence-based curriculum, and the strong Sports Council program," said Anne Marie, who enjoys rock-climbing, playing sports that keep her active - and anything and everything Disney-related!
In addition to the Campus Guides, Anne Marie participates in a variety of other student activities at Palmer's San Jose campus, including the Diversified, Extremities, Motion Palpation, Soft Tissue technique clubs, as well as the Rock Climbing Club, and the San Jose campus student chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (SACA).
And when Anne Marie becomes an intern in the Palmer Chiropractic Clinic, she hopes to return to St. Mary's, to associate with her chiropractic mentor, Dr. Kearns, in the special internship program that enables selected interns from Palmer's San Jose campus to assist Dr. Kearns with the evaluation, assessment and treatment of student athletes, and to interact with members of the St. Mary's sports medicine team.
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Trevor is a native of Washington, D.C., and earned his B.S. (exercise physiology, with a minor in public health) from Humboldt State Univ. A certified sports-massage therapist, Trevor has worked closely with chiropractors for the past 10 years - a decade during which he gained an increasing respect for the benefits of chiropractic care. In particular, working the past three years with three alumni of Palmer's San Jose campus elevated Trevor's interest in the profession even further, and inspired him to pursue the chiropractic career path.
"I want to devote myself to helping gravely disabled veterans of our armed forces, and their families, as well," says Trevor, a certified strength coach and exercise physiologist, who enjoys reading, camping, playing acoustic guitar, and spending quality time with his wife.
Trent is a native of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, where he earned his B.S. in kinesiology at the University of the Fraser Valley, with an emphasis in exercise physiology and rehabilitation. During the three years prior to initiating his chiropractic career, Trent worked as a personal trainer, designing programs that were built to help improve postural instabilities. During his final year at UFV, Trent volunteered at a local multidisciplinary clinic, where he learned the degree to which chiropractic can have such an immediate impact and positive influence on the patient's health and wellness. "That experience motivated me to pursue a chiropractic career, because I've always wanted to help people achieve optimal health with my hands, and to positively affect the quality of their life." Once Trent recognized chiropractic was his calling, the next step was deciding where to go to school. Trent participates in many clubs including Gonstead, Motion Palpation, and Soft Tissue, as well as playing on the Palmer Pride ice hockey team. Following graduation, Trent plans to start a multidisciplinary practice, with an emphasis on acute-injury management.
Jessica is a native of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, where she completed her Palmer prerequisites while studying environmental science at the University of British Columbia. Jessica's journey into the chiropractic followed sojourns along other career paths, none of which filled her with any degree of passion and purpose. Then a family friend encouraged Jessica to visit a local chiropractor. She didn't receive a hands-on adjustment, but the inspirational impact of the visit prompted an "adjustment" of Jessica's career-path direction - toward the chiropractic health field.
"I was impressed by the fact that the doctor not only helped her patients achieve relief from pain, through hands-on care, but made an equally strong commitment to educating her patients in ways to stay pain-free," says Jessica, who loves baking, and is always open to a game of ultimate or badminton.
In addition to the Campus Guides, Jessica is involved with a variety of other clubs and student organizations at Palmer's San Jose campus, including: Campus Ministries, SPEAK (Student Patient Education and Knowledge), the Motion Palpation Club, and the Soft Tissue Club.